Is it possible to save a pet from fleas without the use of poisons, trips to a pet store and a veterinary pharmacy? There is a way, unfortunately its smell is unpleasant, but cleanliness requires “victims” - tar tar from fleas in a dog is an effective tool for combating blood-sucking insects. Do not believe? Read on and you will see that everything is logical and simple.
What is the effectiveness of tar soap in the fight against fleas?
We make a reservation right away, tar soap does not kill fleas, but scares them away. Of the negative properties, it should be noted the smell, although for many people, the aroma of tar is not annoying. By the way, the smell of tar soap, this is one of the decisive properties, warning insects that "this dog is unsuitable for food." Of the main components that make up the soap, you need to highlight:
- Alkali and phenol - burns the body of insects and microbes, provoking the folding of proteins. Microbes die after treatment with tar soap, and fleas actively "retreat". Substances do not kill an insect, its body is protected by a carapace and phenol and alkali do not harm the eggs of parasites.
- Birch tar - contains benzene paralyzing flea nerve nodes. After poisoning, the parasites become lethargic and move erratically.
- Salt - protect the epithelium from moisture loss, which is extremely important for the delicate skin of the dog.
It is interesting! Tar and soap, infusions, ointments, extracts made on its basis, has been used in human medicine and cosmetology since ancient times. It is prescribed for dermatitis, rash, superficial skin injuries, to prevent hair loss and eliminate stretch marks.
Why tar tar has not lost its relevance?
In fact, a primitive and not expensive tool is unique. It has a number of properties that the production of specialized flea preparations cannot compete with:
- Tar soap is safe for puppies and pregnant dogs.
- It is used in the presence of scratches, abrasions, open wounds, eczema, dermatitis.
- It supports the water-salt balance of the skin, while almost all detergents dry the upper layers of the epithelium.
- Unlike shampoos, it can be used with the right frequency without compromising the health of the dog.
Of the possible negative consequences, the only thing that begs itself is that getting soap in the eyes or nose of the dog will provoke burning and irritation and individual intolerance to the components (most often, thickeners and preservatives). If a small amount of foam enters the mouth, it will not cause poisoning.
How to bathe a dog with tar soap
Prepare in advance for the procedure to be repeated. Prepare a shallow comb, a leash, towels, a soap foaming container, and a tall jar to collect disoriented but still living fleas.
- Pour warm water into a container, dip a soap bar of the right size into it, and froth the solution. At the bottom of the can, place another piece so that it is soft.
- Having tied the dog to the mixer or handrail, thoroughly wet the wool, do not forget about the armpits.
- Pour the dog over with a foamy solution and massage the hair, then thoroughly “walk” the soaked soap over the stomach, armpits, and chest.
- The soaped dog must withstand a 5-minute interval - persuade, entertain, but this must be done.
- If the pet is calm, “arm” with a comb and comb out weakened parasites by placing them in a tall jar. Please note that if parasites jump on the walls they need to be destroyed or caught, fleas can "move away" from processing and continue the "neighborhood", but they will bite you.
- Rinse off the soap until the foam is completely eliminated, the smell, as you understand, will remain.
- Carefully sort the hair on the muzzle, chin and behind the ears - a dozen more "saved" parasites are destroyed.
- Repeat the procedure at least once every 3 days.